Posted: 11:41 am Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

West Boca pitcher nominated for Aflac player of the year award 

By Jeff Greer

West Boca Raton pitcher Michael Kelly already has a college scholarship to play at Florida and all kinds of accolades to go with it.

Add one more to his list.

Kelly, a rising senior, was nominated for the seventh annual Aflac National Player of the Year award along with four other high school baseball players from around the country. Kelly, a right-hander who throws 94 mph, struck out 88 batters in 76 innings last season en route to a 2010 Palm Beach Post All-Area team nomination.

There are five nominees for the Jackie Robinson Award. According to the press release announcing the nominees, the award recognizes the nation’s top high school baseball player entering his senior year who demonstrates outstanding character, exhibits leadership and embodies the values of being a student-athlete in both his schoolwork and community affairs.

Past winners include Bryce Harper and Justin Upton. Area legend and Hall of Famer Andre Dawson will be on hand for the awards ceremony, which takes place Aug. 14 in San Diego. Kelly will also play in the Aflac All-American High School Baseball Classic is on Aug. 15, and it will be shown nationally on Fox Sports Net at 8 p.m.